Grass head

5 - 11 years
Grass Head

This easy activity will help your child learn about nature, nutrition and develop self-confidence through responsibility.

Here’s what you need

  • An orange,
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Seeds (these can be any kind of seeds, such as bird seed, chives or parsley)

Here’s what to do

Cut the top off the orange and scoop out the flesh.

Fill the hollowed out orange with damp cotton wool balls, and cover them with the seeds.

Encourage your child to draw a face on the orange.

Place the orange in a sunny spot.

Over the next couple of weeks, your child’s orange, or ‘grass head’ should start growing “hair”.

Encourage your child to nurture the grass head by making sure the cottonwool balls are kept moist and trimming the hair when it gets too long.

The grass head is a great way to talk with your child about sunlight, how plants grow, nutrition – and even photosynthesis!

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Last modified
17 April 2020